British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which develops hybrid electric and diesel powered airships, has signed a contract with Air Nostrum Group for the delivery of ten Airlander 10s for passenger flights in Spain and related economies.
Helium-filled double-hull airships can carry up to 10 tons of payload. The model will receive lounges for 72 or 100 seats, depending on the priority of customers.
The Airlander 10 prototype uses internal combustion engines with jet fuel, but by 2025 Hybrid Air Vehicles plans to launch a hybrid configuration with a range of 750 km or 350 km in an all-electric version. At the same time, according to the developer, polluting emissions are reduced by 90% compared to other means of air transport for passenger and cargo transport.
By 2030, the company plans to go fully green with all-electric models, and the Airlander 10 will be the world’s first large commercial aircraft to be 100% zero-emissions.
After studying the capabilities of the Airlander 10 for six months, Air Nostrum Group decided to add the model to its fleet of aircraft operating in Spain, reserving 10 examples, each with 100 seats. Deliveries will begin in 2026, and production – until the end of the current. “Green” airships are produced in the aerospace cluster in South Yorkshire (UK).